Woman suffers serious injuries after falling from snowmobile in Chisago County

February 03, 2019 10:49 PM

Authorities in Chisago County say alcohol is believed to have been the main contributing factor in an incident overnight in which a 22-year-old female passenger suffered what has been described as serious, life-threatening injuries after falling from a snowmobile.

A release from the Chisago County Sheriff's Office said the driver of the snowmobile, who suffered what is being described as minor injuries, was arrested and booked on possible criminal vehicular operation and DWI charges. Another female was also arrested in connection to the incident and faces a possible DWI charge.


According to the release, deputies were dispatched around 12:10 a.m. Sunday to the area of Rush Point Drive and Fairfield Avenue in Rush City following a report of a female passenger suffering a head injury after falling from a snowmobile. The female was being transported to the hospital in a private vehicle and was unconscious.

The release states upon arriving on the scene, deputies determined the incident occurred on East Rush Lake in Nessel Township.

Authorities say the snowmobile, a 2003 Yamaha 600, was being operated on the lake by 22-year-old Travis Dane Vanelsberg of North Branch. The release said the investigation indicates the snowmobile struck a vehicle parked on the lake, and that neither Vanelsberg nor the woman injured - identified as 22-year-old Zoe Olivia Reider, of North Branch - were wearing a helmet.

Reider remains in critical condition at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, located on the East Bank campus.

The other female arrested has been identified as Grace Marie Olund of North Branch.

People in Rush City are saddened by the accident. 

"You know people are out there for fun and then something like that just ruins it," Tim Price said. "People don't understand how busy a lake like that is. These snowmobiles have so much power today and go so fast, then you mix alcohol with all of this it's just a recipe for disaster."  


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